Travel agents who book flights and holidays from Manchester airport are being offered the chance to win one of five Minis and 250 bottles of champagne.

The prizes form the biggest trade incentive to be run by the airport to mark its forthcoming 80th birthday.

Agents will be divided into five areas – Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Birmingham and above, and below Birmingham, with one Mini available in each location.

One booking from Manchester airport will equal one entry into the incentive.

The competition will be live from Friday and run for a year until November 16, 2018.

The airport’s head of marketing Patrick Alexander said: “To mark our 80th birthday we wanted to do something very special which is why we’re launching our biggest ever trade incentive to mark the occasion.

“Travel agents are hugely important to the airport and we appreciate every booking they make for travel through the airport.

“What better way to celebrate our eightieth birthday and to reward all of the hardworking agents that sell Manchester airport.”

Manchester airport was officially opened on June 25, 1938. Operations began two days later and in the first 12 months, the airport handled 7,600 passengers – against more than 27 million a year handled now.